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25 February 2014, 18:44 CET
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Latest news on competition policy in the European Union.

Google fined EUR 4.34 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules

Google fined EUR 4.34 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules

by EUbusiness — 19 July 2018, 23:38 CET

The EU Commission fined Google EUR 4.34 billion Wednesday for using Android to cement its dominance of internet search by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile operators.

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Brussels warns Airbnb over pricing policy

Brussels warns Airbnb over pricing policy

by EUbusiness — 17 July 2018, 18:31 CET

The EU Commission and consumer authorities called on online accommodation marketplace Airbnb Monday to align its terms and conditions with EU consumer rules and to be transparent on pricing.

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EU Court upholds EUR 57m fine on bathroom cartel

EU Court upholds EUR 57m fine on bathroom cartel

by EUbusiness — 06 July 2018, 12:34 CET

The EU's General Court upheld Tuesday a fine of EUR 57 million imposed by the EU on Sanitec Europe and its subsidiaries in the context of the cartel on the bathroom fixtures and fittings market.

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Auditors look into enforcement of EU competition rules

Auditors look into enforcement of EU competition rules

by EUbusiness — 03 July 2018, 18:31 CET

The European Court of Auditors announced Tuesday it is to conduct an audit of whether the European Commission has been effective in enforcing EU competition rules in the Single Market.

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Luxembourg told to recover EUR 120m Engie state aid

Luxembourg told to recover EUR 120m Engie state aid

by EUbusiness — 21 June 2018, 00:50 CET

Luxembourg allowed two Engie group companies to avoid paying taxes on almost all their profits for about a decade, without any valid justification, the European Commission found on Wednesday.

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EC approves Comcast's bid for Sky

EC approves Comcast's bid for Sky

by EUbusiness — 18 June 2018, 22:39 CET

The EU Commission has approved unconditionally the proposed acquisition of Sky by Comcast, a US based global media, technology and entertainment company, saying it raised no competition concerns.

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No fine for Gazprom as EU settles antitrust dispute

No fine for Gazprom as EU settles antitrust dispute

by EUbusiness — 24 May 2018, 22:44 CET

The EU Commission settled its antitrust dispute with Russia's Gazprom Thursday, imposing conditions on the state-controlled energy giant to enable free flow of gas 'at competitive prices' in east European gas markets.

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EU will comply with WTO decision on Airbus state aid

EU will comply with WTO decision on Airbus state aid

by EUbusiness — 17 May 2018, 13:55 CET

The EU says it will take 'swift action' to ensure it is fully in line with the World Trade Organisation's final decision Tuesday in a dispute brought by the United States concerning state aid for Airbus.

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EU probe threatens Apple's acquisition of Shazam

EU probe threatens Apple's acquisition of Shazam

by EUbusiness — 25 April 2018, 23:42 CET

The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation Tuesday into U.S. tech giant Apple's proposed acquisition of the UK's Shazam music identification service.

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EU extends anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel rope

EU extends anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel rope

by EUbusiness — 20 April 2018, 23:33 CET

The European Commission decided Friday to extend anti-dumping duties on imports of Chinese steel rope and cable for another five years. Duties of 60.4 per cent have been in place since 1999.

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Brussels confirms antitrust raids on sports media firms

Brussels confirms antitrust raids on sports media firms

by EUbusiness — 12 April 2018, 00:46 CET

EU officials carried out unannounced inspections in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the distribution of media rights and related rights relating to sports events and broadcasting.

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Conditional EU approval for Bayer buy of Monsanto

Conditional EU approval for Bayer buy of Monsanto

by EUbusiness — 22 March 2018, 22:34 CET

The EU Commission approved Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto Wednesday, declaring itself satisfied with the parties' remedies, worth well over EUR 6 billion, to meet Brussels' competition concerns in full.

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Bayer - Monsanto: the Commission's competition concerns

The European Commission approved on 21 March under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture.

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EU slaps EUR 254m fines on Japanese capacitor makers

EU slaps EUR 254m fines on Japanese capacitor makers

by EUbusiness — 21 March 2018, 23:38 CET

The Commission fined eight Japanese producers of capacitors a total of EUR 254 million Wednesday for participating in a cartel for the supply of aluminium and tantalum electrolytic capacitors.

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EU extends anti-dumping measures on Chinese steel

EU extends anti-dumping measures on Chinese steel

by EUbusiness — 06 March 2018, 15:42 CET

The European Commission on Tuesday prolonged for another five years the existing anti-dumping measures on Chinese imports of seamless pipes and tubes of stainless steel.

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EU fines car parts, car carrier cartels EUR 546m

EU fines car parts, car carrier cartels EUR 546m

by EUbusiness — 21 February 2018, 22:55 CET

The EU Commission fined Wednesday seven car supplying companies - shippers and suppliers of spark plug and braking systems - a total of EUR 546 million for taking part in four different cartels relating to cars.

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EU slaps anti-dumping duties on Chinese corrosion resistant steel

EU slaps anti-dumping duties on Chinese corrosion resistant steel

by EUbusiness — 08 February 2018, 18:30 CET

The EU Commission imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on corrosion resistant steel from China Thursday, after a probe confirmed that Chinese producers were dumping the product on the EU market.

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EU approval of six electricity capacity mechanisms to ensure security of supply

The European Commission approved on 7 February under EU State aid rules electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland. The Commission found that the measures will contribute to ensuring security of supply whilst preserving competition in the Single Market.

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Electricity backup systems given EC green light

Electricity backup systems given EC green light

by EUbusiness — 08 February 2018, 14:33 CET

The European Commission approved Wednesday under EU State aid rules six electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland, to safeguard security of electricity supply.

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EU Court upholds air freight forwarding cartel fines

EU Court upholds air freight forwarding cartel fines

by EUbusiness — 02 February 2018, 00:41 CET

The European Court of Justice upheld Thursday fines imposed by the Commission on a number of companies for their participation in cartels in the international air freight forwarding services sector.

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